UTeach Innovative Teaching Awards seek to promote progressive teaching methods such as Project-Based Instruction, Classroom-based making, and remote instruction as well as to acknowledge the outstanding work of our newest teachers. Below are the list of all winners, runners up, and finalists.
Helena Castle - Winner
Bringing Cells to Life
Students participate in Project Cell, a fictional contest where students create interactive educational models of cells and how they work.
Thermochemistry Maker Mobiles
Inspired by kinetic sculptures of Alexander Calder, students create 3-D hanging mobiles to review concepts of Thermochemistry.
Daniel Nieto - Finalist
Students become familiar with various energy stores and explore different units of energy measurement.
Periodic Trends in 3-D
Students make a personal artifact describing a periodic trend: effective nuclear charge, ionization, electronegativity, and atomic radii.
Thinh Dao - PBI Winner
Tattoo Apprentice 101
Students use Desmos to create their won personal tattoo designs.
Sydney Grissom - Finalist
Classification Maker Project
Students utilize their knowledge of the kingdoms to produce quilt squares representing the content.
Storytelling with Quadratic Transformations
Students selected a change that occurred in the lives of their favorite fictional characters or their own lives and describe a parabolic transformation that best represented this change.
Jessica Rodriguez - Winner
Body Systems Maker Unit
Students learn about the human body systems main functions and structures through hands on mini-maker projects.
A Twist in the Marble Run - A Maker Unit
Students create a paper roller coaster through research, building, testing, and presenting their final product to the community.
Personal Conic Pictures
Students create a picture using conics sections by hand and then in Desmos. Pictures are then printed and brought to life.
Making Exponentials and Logs Relevant
Students research and design an exhibit that explains exponentials or log functions.
Peri Hornquist - Maker Winner
Geometric Construction Project
Students create a design using different geometric constructions.
Callum Campbell - PBI Winner
Students analyze real world video to create diagrams showing how energy is stored, transferred, and/or conserved by a system.
Joey Ewbank - Winner
A five day unit where students create a piece of music using python code.
Angela Tsai - Finalist
Students act as a design team for Mitsubishi Electric to create a new smartphone.
Let's Make Some Soap
An introduction to making where students made a bar of soap and designed their own soap dish using an online software editor.
Creative Expression in Math
Students use hand tools and digital tools to build unique items designed to illustrate mathematical concepts.
Adbulkarim Bora & Rikki Foster - Winners
Cars: A Crash Course on Momentum
Students build, analyze, and modify car designs for challenges of their choosing.
Amy Gross & Tricia Hughes - Finalists
Customizing the Customary System
Students create their own measurement system and convert between their unique system, U.S. Customary, and metric system.
Jonathan Broussard & Deena Telley - Winners
I Need a Drink; Water Quality & Hydrology in Chemistry
Students explore what it means to have clean water, how we know water is drinkable, & implications for Austin water.
Paige Arneson & Oren Connell - Winners
Students model natural selection and see how adaptations affect an organism's fitness.
Thomas Borowiec & Katye Howell - Finalists
A Gardening Project
ELL Students engage in a school garden to support language learning and science engagement.
Hannah Spock & Jessica Buxton - Finalists
Designing a Water Museum
Students working as independent museum professionals to design exhibits about water properties.
Andre Williams & Jennifer Lazare - Honorable Mention
What Affects the Rate of Reaction
Students determine how to use biotechnology to help produce biofuels more efficiently.